Liddicoat & Goldhill squeezes asymmetric Makers House onto narrow plot in Hackney

Skylights and large glazed surfaces that open onto a secluded courtyard allow natural light to pour into the interior of this house designed by architects David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill for a narrow site in east London. The husband-and-wife team, who run their studio Liddicoat & Goldhill from an office in Clerkenwell, bought the site

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Nilsson Pflugfelder’s prefabricated wooden house is designed to maintain owners’ privacy

This windows of this house in Cambridge, by architects office Nilsson Pflugfelder, are carefully positioned and sized to prevent overlooking by neighbouring properties. House R is a two-storey property in the centre of the English city, surrounded by Victorian terraces and their gardens. Nilsson Pflugfelder designed the house as a compact volume with striated timber facades. The

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Caring Wood country home in Kent named UK House of the Year 2017

A home referencing the hop-drying towers of the Kent countryside, designed by British architects James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell, has won the RIBA House of the Year 2017 competition. The House of the Year title – formerly known as the RIBA Manser Medal – is awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects for the best new

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Mole Architects builds house “like a seagull’s wing” on Suffolk coast

An angular, asymmetric roof tops this house designed by Mole Architects for a site overlooking an estuary in Suffolk, England. Cambridge-based Mole Architects designed the two-storey Marsh Hill house for a couple, on a site overlooking the estuary of the River Alde. A dilapidated old property had to be demolished to make way for the new house. Planning regulations

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Silver House by Hyde + Hyde comprises pair of mono-pitched volumes perched on a stone plinth

Solid wooden beams rest on top of dry-stone walls to support a balcony that cantilevers to shelter a parking spot for DeLorean at this house designed by Hyde + Hyde for a site on the Gower Peninsula in south Wales. Swansea-based architecture office Hyde + Hyde created Silver House for a family who relocated to Wales from

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The D*Haus Company designs Devon house with a swivelling top

UK designers David Ben-Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson have updated their shape-shifting D*Haus to create a residence with a rotating roof for a site in Devon, England. The D*Haus Company founders see the residence as the next generation of its Dynamic D*Haus, which was first unveiled in 2012 and was designed to respond to the changing times of the day, seasons and

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Glass box defines extension with basement pool for Victorian home in south London

British studio Guarnieri Architects has added a glazed box containing a swimming pool, hot tub and steam room to the rear of a Victorian terrace in Clapham Common, south London. A new floor excavated below the level of the main house provides space for these leisure facilities within the glazed extension, while a mezzanine above hosts a

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Revamped London house features white surfaces and concrete details that match a brutalist neighbour

William Tozer Associates has overhauled a Victorian terraced house in north London, introducing a white, modern living area that faces out onto a neighbouring brutalist estate. London-based William Tozer Associates refurbished and reconfigured the house in Highgate, which forms part of an Italianate terrace. Immediately behind the terrace is the Abbey Road housing co-op – a brutalist estate designed in the

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Tsuruta Architects designs staircase in London house from thousands of plywood pieces

Nearly 2000 pieces of plywood slot together like a puzzle in this staircase, which features in a London home that has been overhauled by local studio Tsuruta Architects. The architects were tasked with reconfiguring the layout of a seven-bedroom 20th-century house to create an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room; two bathrooms; and four bedrooms on the upper three

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31/44 Architects builds grey-brick house around three small courtyards in London

One of the founders of 31/44 Architects has built his own London home, which is arranged around three courtyards to make it easy for domestic life to spill outdoors. The two-storey house, named No 49, provides a home for Stephen Davies, who is one of three founders of London- and Amsterdam-based 31/44 Architects. It is is located on an infill site in

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Richard Pender and Dan Kerr combine local materials at self-built Shawm house

Richard Pender was involved in every stage of this self-build project to create a sustainable and accessible house for his parents in rural Northumberland, which involved fabricating the wooden frame on site in a disused barn. Pender’s parents previously resided in a traditional farmhouse and wanted to continue living on the same site, but needed

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31/44 Architects adds contemporary red-brick house to traditional London terrace

The homogenous red-brick facades and decorative tiled relief of this house tacked onto the end of a south-London terrace by 31/44 Architects reference details found on its older neighbours. The London- and Amsterdam-based practice designed the Red House as a speculative project for developer Arrant Land, which had acquired the end-terrace lot and adjacent property

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The Houseboat by Mole Architects evokes the underside of a ship’s hull

Mole Architects has completed a house in the English seaside town of Poole, comprising a pair of blackened-timber volumes that resemble the upturned hull of a boat. Cambridge-based Mole Architects designed The Houseboat for architect and developer Roger Zogolovitch, who wanted a space his family could use as an alternative quiet retreat to their main

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Macdonald Wright models Kentish country house on traditional hop kilns

Rooms topped with chimney-like roofs surround a secluded courtyard to from this house in Kent, England, which takes its angular form and russet colouring from the area’s hop-drying oast towers. British architect James Macdonald Wright of Macdonald Wright Architects worked with Niall Maxwell of Rural Office for Architecture on the design for Caring Wood house, which provides a residence for three generations of the same family.

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Mulroy Architects extends Edwardian home in north London with angled skylights and glazed passage

Mulroy Architects has added a glass passageway to the side of this three-storey house in north London, which features an interior fitted with bespoke oak joinery and furnishings by local studio Manea Kella. London-based Mulroy Architects maintained the period character of the facade of the end-of-terrace Edwardian home, while modernising the interior with minimalist furnishings by interior

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Eight pop-up “glamping” cabins built to tour the Welsh countryside

A cabin shaped like a huge black hat and a structure designed to resemble a dragon’s eye are among a series of eight pop-up holiday homes designed to move around the Welsh landscape. Called Epic Retreats, the eight designs were the winners of a competition that invited architects and designers to design mobile holiday homes based on mythologies and traditions in Wales. The results also

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Colonnade-like glazing fronts Birmingham house extension by Intervention Architecture

Glass doors are set into arched frames resembling a colonnade in this extension to a Victorian-era house in Birmingham, England, which Intervention Architecture designed for a choir singer. Local studio Intervention Architecture was asked to update the house in the suburb of Moseley to provide the singer’s family with an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room in an extension that references the heritage

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Alma-nac slots angular openings into timber-clad gables of House in the Woods

Triangular windows are set beneath the pitched roofs of this house in England’s South Downs National Park, which London studio Alma-nac designed to sit discreetly in its wooded setting. Alma-nac was asked to design the house for a plot within an area of outstanding natural beauty in the county of Hampshire, where it replaces a bungalow

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Overseas investors are exacerbating London’s housing crisis, say experts

Foreign investors are using illicit wealth to buy up property in luxury developments across London, out-pricing locals, according to a new anti-corruption report. The UK anti-corruption organisation Transparency International (TI-UK) investigated the sale of 2,066 properties across 14 new developments in the capital to calculate the number of overseas buyers and the effect on the capital’s housing crisis. The

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Giles and Pike Architects adds stepped glass extension to Victorian house in south London

Giles Pike Architects has extended this house in Putney, southwest London, using glass walls to flood the new basement living areas with natural light. Local studio Giles Pike Architects designed the stepped extension for a Victorian semi-detached house to create an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room. The architects excavated ground at the back of the Felsham Road property to extend

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Tonkin Liu perches “castle-like” residence on Dover’s white cliffs

Smooth white walls undulate to create bay windows for this house by British studio Tonkin Liu, which stands on top of Dover’s famous white cliffs. The London-based architects designed Ness Point House for an exposed clifftop site 65 metres above the sea on the southeast coast of England. The crinkled sea-facing facade orients large windows in opposing directions to

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Coffey Architects sets small brick home atop Victorian prison vaults in London

Reclaimed brick walls help this home of modest proportions blend with its historic context in London’s Clerkenwell, where it stands on top of a former 19th-century prison. Phil Coffey’s London-based team cleared away a caretaker’s shed on the site to create the house for architect Selim Bayer of Istanbul-based Flat C/ Architecture. It now stands directly on top

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Richard Meier models all-white Oxfordshire residence on English manor houses

American architect Richard Meier has completed his first project in the UK, a characteristically bright white house perched on a hill overlooking the Oxfordshire countryside. Initiated in 2007, the project known simply as the Oxford Residence has taken a decade to complete and has just been shortlisted for a RIBA Regional Award. Meier, 82, designed the home and

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Cross-shaped house by Elliott Architects is adapted to sloping woodland setting

Elliott Architects has completed a family home in Northumberland made up of two intersecting volumes clad in opposing materials of slate, cedar and brick to represent different elements of its forest setting. The Dell was designed by local practice Elliott Architects in response to the uneven terrain of the site, which is located near the market town of Hexham in northern England. The pair

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De Rosee Sa uses cobbled courtyards to bring light into west London house

A trio of courtyards covered in cobbles and surrounded by glass break up this London home, which has cedar-lined walls that reference the old timber store it replaces. London-based architecture studio De Rosee Sa designed the house for a client who lived across the road from the old timber storage yard. He bought the site located between terraces and a row of 16 garages

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Platform 5 Architects completes shingle-clad home overlooking a private lagoon

This house in the Norfolk Broads by Platform 5 Architects features steeply pitched gables and shingle cladding intended to reference traditional boat sheds found alongside the surrounding waterways. Backwater was designed as a family residence for Platform 5 Architects’ director Patrick Michell and was built on a plot previously occupied by an outdated bungalow. The London-based

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Studiomama uses sliding plywood furniture to overhaul 13-square-metre house in London

Studiomama has overhauled this tiny single-storey house in north London with built-in plywood furniture including a fold-out bed, a standing desk and extendable dining benches with pink cushions. Studiomama co-founders Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama bought the former mini-cab office building in an auction as a challenge to make a tiny space comfortable for living. Tolstrup and Mama took pointers from the design of small caravans and

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Simon Astridge adds dusty-pink concrete extension to north London house

Simon Astridge has used pigmented concrete to create the pink facade of this extension to a north London house, accenting the warm-toned colours found in the existing brick walls. The London-based architect added the extension and reconfigured the interiors of the mid-terrace house in Islington to create an open-plan kitchen and dining room for its new residents – a young

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AR Design Studio replaces landslide-damaged holiday home with cluster of larch-clad blocks

This holiday home on the West Dorset coast is made up of four irregular larch-clad blocks, and was designed by AR Design Studio to replace a house destroyed in a landslide. Hampshire-based AR Design Studio was originally asked to extend an existing holiday home on a cliff top on the coastline of Lyme Regis. But half way through

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Architecture for London builds one house extension in slate and another in brick

Architecture for London has created a pair of contrasting extensions for adjoining houses in east London, using pale brick for one and dark slate for the other. With the demand for contemporary house extensions continuing across the UK capital, the London-based firm designed the Tower Hamlets Tandem project for two neighbours who wanted to extend their attached properties

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Ström Architects completes contemporary bungalow that eschews “staid” retirement home model

One end of this larch-clad retirement residence in the English countryside by Ström Architects cantilevers over a wall to protect a parking spot for a vintage car. Magnus Ström’s Hampshire-based studio designed the house for a couple wanting to retire to a picturesque wooded site near the coastal town of Swanage in Dorset. The designs first featured on Dezeen three

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AR Design Studio adds glazed extensions to 1970s house in southern England

AR Design Studio has extended a 1970s house in Hampshire, England, with two glass-fronted volumes featuring huge windows. Locally based AR Design Studio was asked by the owners of a three-storey-residence in Winchester to increase the size of their living spaces, bring in more natural light and maximise views out over the landscape. Called The Hill House, the property was extended with

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Scenario Architecture covers London house extension in larch and heather

Scenario Architecture has added a wooden extension with a jagged heather-covered roof and a large window to the rear of an east London house. The two-storey Evering Road apartment occupies the ground and basement floor of a Victorian house in a Hackney conservation area. London-based Scenario Architecture was asked by the owners, a couple who had lived

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London house extension by Bureau de Change Architects features dark blue kitchen and bright white lounge

Peaks and troughs accommodate planting on the roof of this concrete extension to a south London house by Bureau de Change Architects, which has a blue and white interior. Bureau de Change Architects, which was co-founded by Katerina Dionysopoulou and Billy Mavropoulos, extended house in Clapham to create a lounge and kitchen with sliding glass doors that open to the garden.

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Victorian loft conversion by A Small Studio creates “relaxation oasis”

A dormer window with a thick black frame offers views of the garden from this reading room, which is one of three new loft spaces created for a home in south-east London by A Small Studio. The reading room is the focal point of the London studio’s Project Escape (to the Roof), created for a family who wanted to add

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Adam Knibb Architects extends Hampshire barn conversion with timber-clad box

British architect Adam Knibb has added this cross-laminated timber extension to a house in the English county of Hampshire, and connected it to the former barn building by a frameless glass box. The grade II-listed Hurdle House was constructed in 1835 to store the wooden hurdles used to form pens during the town of Alresford’s regular sheep

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Henri Bredenkamp converts derelict university building into family home

Architect Henri Bredenkamp has overhauled a Victorian house once used as a teaching space by Goldsmiths university in south London to create a light-filled home for his family. Bredenkamp of London-based Studio 30 Architects, refurbished and extended the basement when converting the 19th-century property into a home for himself, his wife and their young son. He called it The Study House as the residence was formerly

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Baca Architects moors wooden floating home on Chichester Canal

Baca Architects – the studio behind the UK’s first amphibious house – has completed a boxy floating home on Chichester Canal in southern England. The London-based architects developed the floating house as a prototype with British company Floating Homes. The replicable design named Chichester won an ideas competition seeking solutions to London’s housing crisis earlier this year. Baca Architects referenced the design of canal boats when

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Shoreham Beach House by ABIR Architects features gabion walls filled with beach pebbles

ABIR Architects used pebbles found on the beach to create the layered facade of this house in the English seaside town of Shoreham – which featured in last night’s episode of UK television show Homes By The Sea. East Sussex-based ABIR Architects designed the Shoreham Beach House for owners Adas and Catherine Nicholson, who moved to the town More

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“The housing crisis isn’t a crisis, it’s a design project”

Opinion: the UK’s housing crisis is no accident, but has been carefully orchestrated to become a catch-all excuse for self-serving projects, argues Phineas Harper in his first Opinion column for Dezeen. The housing crisis isn’t a crisis. Calling it one inhibits effective action and plays into the hands of its creators. To respond strategically to the crippling British homes More

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Peter Barber creates “cosy” brick arches for London housing scheme

Peter Barber Architects has completed a row of terraced houses in London’s Stratford, featuring a monolithic brick facade punctuated by recessed arches and balconies. Worland Gardens is a group of three-storey townhouses situated on a previously vacant lot owned by the London Borough of Newham. The local council designated the site for shared-ownership properties – buildings More

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Trio of brick volumes form Highgate House by Carmody Groarke

Carmody Groarke has completed a north London house featuring three brick volumes and a grand window facing into woodland, as documented in these images by Swiss-French photographer Hélène Binet. British studio Carmody Groarke designed Highgate House for a young family on a plot that backs onto Highgate Wood. Slightly set back from the street, the three volumes feature brick walls to complement More

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10 of the best private homes to explore in London during Open House

Open House London takes place this weekend, giving members of the public access to 750 buildings. Dezeen editor Anna Winston picks 10 of the best houses and apartments that will open their doors to nosy visitors and architecture enthusiasts. The Tree House 6a Architects is one of London’s names to watch, with recent clients including photographer More

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Norm Architects completes contemporary farmhouse in the Suffolk countryside

Panoramic glazing frames views of meadows and cornfields from this farmhouse designed by Danish studio Norm Architects for a working farm in southern England (+ slideshow). The single-storey residence – named Reydon Grove Farm – is elevated above its site on a sandstone platform, allowing residents to take in views of the garden and farmland beyond. It is conceived as More

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McGarry-Moon Architects updates Richmond Park gatehouse with contemporary extension

Northern Ireland studio McGarry-Moon Architects has renovated a historic house in west London, and added a contemporary timber and concrete extension connected by a glass-lined corridor (+ slideshow). Warren Cottage is a Victorian property situated within the Coombe Wood conservation area in Kingston upon Thames. The house is heritage-listed due to its former role as More

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Pad Studio creates prefabricated dwelling to comply with New Forest housing regulation

This chestnut-clad home by Pad Studio was prefabricated offsite before being craned into a clearing in the New Forest, a stretch of protected woodland in the English county of Hampshire (+ slideshow). The clients had been living in a static caravan on the five-acre site for 15 years, but approached the local practice to upgrade their home. The More

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Studio Octopi adds glass-fronted extension to White Lodge house in London

Local architecture firm Studio Octopi added this brick and glass extension to a Victorian terrace in west London to improve the connection between the property’s reconfigured interior and garden (+ slideshow). Studio Octopi was asked to redesign the disjointed ground-floor spaces of the 1860s property in Putney, and to add two new bedrooms and a playroom. A 1990s conservatory was More

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Contemporary pool house by Re-Format brings together stone, copper and oak

Stone walls and contemporary wooden roof trusses frame this pool house that architecture studio Re-Format has added to a house in Surrey, England (+ slideshow). Hampshire-based Re-Format designed The Pool House for the grounds of a vernacular house in Haslemere, a town on the edge of the Surrey Hills. It provides the clients with an indoor pool More

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Selencky Parsons adds stepped extension to 1960s terraced house in London

Architecture studio Selencky Parsons has extended a typical midcentury end-of-terrace house in southeast London by adding a pair of brick gables that diminish in size like Russian dolls (+ slideshow). The property is typical of local authority housing built across the capital in the postwar period. Its current owners invited Selencky Parsons to propose a renovation More

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Kirkwood McCarthy adds zinc-clad garden wing to north London house

Kirkwood McCarthy has added a black zinc-clad wing to the rear of a London house, creating a light-filled living space that sits between the garden and a new courtyard. East London-based Kirkwood McCarthy designed the extension for a Victorian-era property on Pages Lane in Muswell Hill. The studio – which was founded by Sophie McCarthy and Fiona Kirkwood – was approached by their More

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Denizen Works adds burnt wood cladding to Modernist house in London’s Highgate

Charred larch slats now cover the exterior of this Modernist house in north London, thanks to a “macabre” upgrade intended by architecture studio Denizen Works to reference the nearby Highgate Cemetery (+ slideshow) East London-based Denizen Works won a competition to design a new facade for the ageing Valhalla Highgate. The aim was to help it fit in with its impressive More

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Rugged flint walls contrast dark cedar gables of House 19 by Jestico and Whiles

Dark-stained cedar gables contrast with knapped flint walls at this English countryside house, designed by London-based Jestico and Whiles for one of the firm’s directors (+ slideshow). House 19 is located in the Chiltern Hills – a picturesque countryside district 30 miles northwest of London. Flint occurs naturally in the Chilterns’ chalk-based soil. The hard material is traditionally used in tool and weapon making, but has More

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Loyn & Co builds “earth shelter” that nestles against a Gloucestershire hillside

Glazed courtyards puncture the expansive grass roof of this English countryside house by Loyn & Co, which is in the running for both the Stirling Prize and the RIBA House of the Year award (+ slideshow). Outhouse provides a home and studio for a pair of artists in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. It also offers them space to display their work More

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Robert and Jessica Barker build trio of London houses including live-work space for themselves

Brick piers frame the double-height windows of these three houses that husband and wife team Robert and Jessica Barker have slotted behind a row of Victorian terraces in southeast London (+ slideshow). Robert of Baca Architects and Jessica of Stolon Studio, designed one of the homes as a live-work space for themselves and the other two to part-fund the project. The development, which More

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Riverside house by Sandy Rendel Architects contrasts weathering steel with concrete and glass

This riverside house in southeast England was designed by Sandy Rendel Architects with an upper storey clad entirely in weathering steel mesh, and a base of exposed concrete and glass (+ slideshow). The five-bedroom property is situated next to the River Ouse in the South Downs National Park, and is the first building seen by visitors entering the town of More

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Britain’s best new houses revealed in RIBA House of the Year 2016 award longlist

The 20 houses vying for this year’s RIBA House of the Year award have been announced, including a forest home for a pair of artists, a London residence covered in mirrors and a cluster of cabins in Dungeness (+ slideshow). A renovated mid-century house in Wiltshire, a house-cum-gallery in Brighton and a Japanese-inspired house extension also feature on the More

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Bennetts Associates creates contemporary stone and zinc country house in Cumbria

British studio Bennetts Associates has completed a house in a historic English town that is partly set into its sloping site and features a material palette chosen to complement the surrounding architecture (+ slideshow). The four-bedroom property in a medieval Cumbrian market town was designed for a friend of the practice, known for its serrated, pre-weathered steel More

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Architects including Mecanoo and Studio Weave propose solutions to Britain’s housing crisis

Walter Segal-inspired cottages, co-living and custom-built terraces are among the solutions to Britain’s housing crisis proposed in an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London (+ slideshow). Mecanoo, Studio Weave, vPPR, Mae, Jamie Fobert Architects and Maison Edouard François have all developed housing schemes for the RIBA’s At Home in Britain: Designing the House of Tomorrow exhibition, which opened More

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Giles Pike Architects completes timber-clad house for a tiny London plot

A narrow window extends up to the roof of this chapel-like wooden house in southwest London, bringing light into a compact interior that is partly sunken below ground (+ slideshow). The two-bedroom house in Putney was designed by local studio Giles Pike Architects – whose previous projects include a concrete and steel extension to a brick workshop in Hackney. The architects had been granted More

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Winners in beautiful house contest include marble walls and underground rooms

Three fantasy house plans have been selected as the winners of the Design a Beautiful House competition: a marble-clad mansion, a subterranean lakeside dwelling and a linear property with faceted bays. The three concepts tied for first place in the ideas competition, which was organised by planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore and attracted over 660 entries. More

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Guy Hollaway Architects completes seaside houses reminiscent of British beach huts

These seaside houses in Margate, England, feature pitched roofs intended to resemble traditional beach huts, and fully glazed gable ends that make the most of the sea views (+ slideshow). The 11 properties were designed by local firm Guy Hollaway Architects for developer Harriss Property and are located to the west of the town centre on the site of the former Royal More

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John Pawson’s Life House is a Welsh countryside retreat built from dark and light bricks

London designer John Pawson has completed the seventh property in Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture series: a Welsh valley retreat with a dark skin and a pale interior (+ slideshow). The British designer took cues from both Japanese houses and Benedictine monasteries with his design for Life House, a 260-square-metre property intended to “immerse the visitor in a zone of extreme More

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Dallas Pierce Quintero arranges small London home around four courtyards

Angled bricks create three-dimensional zigzags across the walls of this London house, which architects office Dallas Pierce Quintero built on a tiny infill plot in east London (+ slideshow). Named Courtyard House, the 95-square-metre home occupies an L-shaped site that was once the garden of its neighbour, but at some stage had been partitioned off to function as a builder’s More

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Herringbone patterns feature inside angular house extension by Platform 5

London architecture studio Platform 5 has added a cranked extension to a Victorian house in Hackney, featuring a herringbone-patterned dining table that matches the parquet flooring. Platform 5 was asked to adapt the existing L-shaped property to provide more sociable spaces for family living, including a kitchen and dining area that opens onto the rear More

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Threefold Architects transforms workshop and shop to create combined gallery and home

Threefold Architects has combined a Victorian workshop and an old shop unit in east London to create a home and gallery for an art curator (+ slideshow). Located on the Roman Road in Bethnal Green, the two structures have been completely overhauled and extended to create a series of generously sized multi-purpose spaces that culminate in a small More

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Baca completes flood-resilient home beside an Oxfordshire brook

This larch-clad residence by floating architecture specialists Baca Architects is raised above its flood-prone site in Oxfordshire, England, on wooden blocks and an elevated deck (+ slideshow). Water Lane is the latest flood-resilient home from the London studio led by architects Richard Coutts and Robert Barker. The pair previously developed the UK’s “first amphibious house” and a concept for prefabricated floating More

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Intervention Architecture transforms Victorian coach house into writer’s home and studio

UK studio Intervention Architecture has converted and extended a dilapidated Victorian coach house near Birmingham, England, to create a live-work space for a writer. The local studio transformed the outbuilding in Moseley to create the home for a writer who wanted a flexible space with plenty of light for living and working. “The writer’s main aim was to convert the disused More

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Liddicoat & Goldhill adds brick and concrete townhouse to the end of a London terrace

This end-of-terrace house in west London by Liddicoat & Goldhill features a fully glazed rear section that allows daylight to reach neighbouring properties (+ movie). London-based Liddicoat & Goldhill designed the brick and concrete Tailored House for a Kensington site damaged by bombing in the second world war, to complete an existing terrace of Victorian townhouses. Numerous challenges and restrictions influenced the design of More

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ShedKM and Urban Splash let residents design layouts for modular Manchester homes

Residents were invited to plan the layouts of these 43 new homes in Manchester, England, as part of a pioneering housing project by property developer Urban Splash and architecture office ShedKM (+ slideshow). Conceived as an alternative to the so-called noddy boxes offered by many volume housebuilders, the House project aims to combine the cost benefits of modular construction with the flexibility offered by architect-designed properties. Each house More

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SAM Architects uses recycled brick and charred wood for London mews house

SAM Architects chose century-old brickwork and charred larch for the exterior of this mews house in southeast London, which features a brightly coloured kitchen and a folding facade (photos by Edmund Sumner + slideshow). Paolo Vimercati and Melanie Schubert of SAM Architects bought a double garage hidden away behind a row of heritage-listed houses in Camberwell in late 2011 with the More

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